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Coconut Chutney

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Coconut chutney is a typical condiment that is served with South Indian dishes, especially Idlis and Dosas.  It has great texture and a unique taste that compliments many dishes.

Serves 8.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut peeled and cut in small pieces
  • 2 tablespoon chana dal (available in Indian grocery stores)
  • 1 cup of yogurt
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 2 Serrano green chilies cut in small pieces
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • Approximately 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (if needed)

For Seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • pinch of asafetida
  • 1/4 teaspoon black mustard seed
  • 2 red chilies broken in pieces
  • 6 to 8 curry leaves (1 sprig)

Method

  1. Peel coconut and cut into small pieces for easy blending.
  2. Roast chana dal on medium heat until it is light brown in color and has a roasted aroma.
  3. Coarsely grind chana dal in a blender. Add yogurt, green chilies, and salt and continue blending into the paste.
  4. Add coconut to the paste, a few
    pieces at a time and keep blending.   Add water, as needed, to help with the grinding. (Adding the coconut in small amounts also helps this process).
  5. Before removing from blender,
    taste chutney to adjust the salt and pepper.  Use lemon juice to adjust the tang to suit your taste. Blend well.

Seasoning

  1. Heat oil in small pan. When hot, add black mustard seeds.
  2. When the seeds crack, add asafetida, red chilies and curry leaves.
  3. Pour the seasoning mixture over the chutney.

Coconut chutney can be refrigerated up to a week.


36 thoughts on “Coconut Chutney

  1. Hi Majula,

    Where I live, freshly grated coconut ( whole coconut) is a challenge to get in the stores. Is there a substitute for it.Would dessicated coconut work?

  2. Hello,
    I really like your recipes.I feel they are very authentic and some really similar to how my nani used to cook.
    One request:
    Could you put approximate preparation time.

    Thanks again..

  3. Hi Manjula…your recipes and the way you teach them are excellent. I saw you on Youtube and had to check out this website. Fantastic job, Aunty :) (I am a professional chef in Canada. I LOVE Indian food, but I don’t know how to cook much of it. Keep up the good work. Thank you!!!

  4. Cooking Passion,I don’t think you can actually cook, maybe you are a lousy cook, and no one appreciates what you make, that’s why the ‘DUMb” and ‘STUPID’ comment.

  5. Thanks Manjulaji for all your recipes!

    To all comments about adding yoghurt, in typical south indian recipe (from Karnataka or tamil nadu), we add a little tamarind to the chutney. This gives the sour taste and yet keeps the chutney thick (getti chutney or thick chutney). Sometimes you may even find a small brown piece of tamarind while eating at a restaurant!

    Adding yoghurt instead of tamarind seems new, I tried it out and it tastes great!

    1. adding little bit of hing,little cilantro a spoonful of split gramdhal with little tammarind instead of yogurt will taste better.It is optional if u add little pudina while grinding .This is thee typical south indian chutnet. TRY THIS OUT Mummmm it is yummy

  6. Manjula, may I adopt you? Just made your chutney and it is out-of-this-world awesome! I never thought I could get so enthusiastic about coconut chutney. I guess there is a first time for everything. Thank you for sharing your amazing gift.

  7. I also add yoghurt to coconut chutney to get a slightly sour taste and it comes out very much like the chutney found in south indian restaurants.

    Let me thank Manjula ji for sharing such nice recipies. I have learnt so much from her. and also recently I had this programme to attend and I prepared Gulab Jamuns from Manjula ji’s recipe and it came out really nice and everyone liked them. So thanks again to her for the recipe.

    You can be still sensible to call a recipe dumb if it doesn’t taste good… but so far Manjula ji has a track record of very palatable recipies so please check your words before commenting. A recipe is not dumb just because it was not cooked your way.

  8. To Jaya and primarily to Cooking Passion:

    Jaya – I am thinking that your response about the coconut chutney was being geared and directed towards “Cooking Passion’s” comments and that you were trying to be way more politically correct than I am going to be “BUT” I have to say that I think it’s just so rude of this person to come onto someone else’s website (not even their own) and call Manjula’s recipe STUPID.

    How RUDE of them to do so and if this person had any polite manners or any idea of what is right or courteous then they would come back here and apologize to Manjula immediately.

    First and foremost, this is HER website and people need to know that Manjula isn’t doing this for herself – she’s spending all of her own time when she could be doing anything else – out of the kindness of her heart and also so that others may learn. She is not doing it to be torn down by others, to have her recipes called STUPID by others or to have people complain about how she conducts her contests.

    If COOKING PASSION actually had any “cooking passion” they would know and understand that recipes are meant to be played with and are to be experimented with by the many different people who try them. Yogurt might not be a traditional component or ingredient in coconut chutney but then again, how many different millions of recipes are out there for any single given dish or recipe in this world. Some of the best recipes or ideas have come about by people who experiment and try different things. No one has to be so rigid in their approach. I say to those people who make comments like Cooking Passion’s – that if they don’t like the way that Manjula ji posts or writes a certain recipe – to say nothing if all they are going to do is leave rude comments. Either that or start their own blog to see if they can come anywhere close to being the international success that Manjula’s Kitchen is.

    I’m sorry that I sound so mean but I can only imagine how Manjula feels when she tries to do so much good for everyone and then she comes on here and sees comments that her recipes are stupid. She doesn’t deserve to be treated with such disrespect EVER.

  9. Yogurt in the coconut chutney is not traditional – we all know that (especially the south Indian posters). I think it’s being added to give the chutney a creamier texture. Grinding coconut into the very fine texture that is needed for this chutney is not easy with the electric blenders. It grinds it pretty well, but not to the point of fineness for chutney.

    Adding the yogurt helps to bind all of the coconut together so the consistency is better. It’s not traditional, but it’s sort of a way to “make do” and get the best results under the circumstances.

    1. I know of a south indian aunty who also adds yoghurt to the coconut chutney she makes and must say , its spectacular.
      To say a recipe or a modification to it as dumb is in my opinion “dumb” :-)
      To each his/her own.If you don’t like it, don’t make it – simple!

      1. I totally agree with u surbhi…..this cooking passion person is the one who is dumb……i have been using many of manjulaji’s recipes…all have come out superbly….they r so simple and easy as well as tasty….calling one of her recipes dumb in itself is dumb….if a recipe does not suit a person he/she just need not make it……it would be better to avoid making such stupid comments on such a popular website.

  10. Thank you Aunty

    your all recipes are excellent and i alwayas try your new recipes,please tell me about your mixer blender,that is great,has grinded chana dal very fine.

    thank you

  11. hello manjula ji… can u pls tell which is the good mixie can use for chatney or which mixie ur useing ’cause in my mixie need to put lot of water for make chatney.so which is the good mixie for use & dry grinding also.

    1. Neeta and to those asking about a good blender for chutneys and dry grinding:

      I just purchased a K-Tec blender at Costco after I saw them doing a special events promotion there for that product. It happens to be the exact same blender that Starbucks uses for all of their coffee drinks and blending. I absolutely love it and if I hadn’t have seen it for myself, I might not believed all that this blender could do. I literally watched the demonstrator take a cup of dry uncooked basmati rice and grind it into rice flour / powder. I haven’t even taken it out of the box yet because I just purchased it yesterday but I can’t wait to use it. It will be perfect for grinding everything from dals and rice for idli to chutneys and everything in between. I watched the gentleman put a carrot, chilis, cilantro, greenpepper, cheese and spices along with a cup of tap water into the blender. He hit the button for soups and it literally blended everything and with the soup function, the heat and friction from the blades produced a very good hot soup that you could pour right into your dish. It comes with a book of recipes but for the Indian household – I see this being so much easier to use and to clean then a traditional mixie. Very easy to clean and comes in a bunch of different colors. It looks nice enough to leave on your countertop as well. Buying it from COSTCO gave me a 7 year warentee as opposed to a normal 3 year one. They only have this promotion various times throughout the year there but you can purchase on line from Amazon someone told me – it’s just that the warentee won’t be for as long. It is a little bit pricey – it was $387 before taxes but well worth every penny after seeing all that it can do! They even demonstrated that it can grind a wooden broom handle into wood chips – not that I’d try that at home but WOW!!

  12. Hi Manjulaji

    I have never used Yoghurt in coconut chutney before. In Mangalore and
    Karnataka we make a separate yoghurt chutney which has no coconut.
    Must try your unusual version.

  13. Thanks a lot Aunty. I was really waiting for this, as I just made my Rava Idli yesterday after watching your Video :)

    BTW, is the coconut raw (doodhiya) or the Gola?

    Regards
    -Sindhu

  14. Yeah, I too have not heard of adding yogurt to chutney. I’m sure it will be delicious, ‘cos one can never go wrong with Manjulaji’s recipes.

  15. Chutney looks good….but adding yogurt to coconut chutney is sounds new to me…It doesn’t happen in my state [Tamil Nadu]……but will surely try this…

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